Analyze all of your IOC passages at least twice. First you do it as you study the texts in class and then again on your own. TAKE ALL THE NOTES YOU CAN. Also, read through other analysis articles/literary criticism to help you out with context and history, which will deepen your analysis.
- Make sure you fully understand all of your texts and clarify if there’s something unclear.
- Start reviewing from your least favorite passages. It’s better to be ready for the worst case scenario than not.
- Practice talking! It seems a bit weird at first, but it’s important to do oral practice so that it feels fine on your actual exam. RECORD YOURSELF! It will be cringeworthy, but it will help you catch your errors and gaps in understanding.
- Make a full IOC outline for each of your texts and learn them. Write down everything you’d want to say on your IOC and study it! Trust me, if you do this the outlines are going to pop up automatically in your head once you get your passage.
ON EXAM DAY:
-Try to take the maximum amount of time allowed so that you won’t have to answer too many questions that might throw you off.
-Hope for the best but expect the worst, think of the passage you want the most (you might as well get it!)
-Write your IOC notes clearly on your paper, in the order in which you will present your ideas. You will feel stressed, so the clearer your plan the easier it will be to follow through with it.
You got this, good luck! :)